ESSENTIAL RECORDINGS
Tomaso Albinoni - Adagio in G Minor

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TOMASO ALBINONI - ALBINONI ADAGIO IN G MINOR, PACHELBEL'S CANON, GRIEG'S HOLBERG SUITE, BARBER'S ADAGIO
William Boughton (conductor), English String Orchestra - 710357701924
Nimbus 7019


Ah yes, the famous Albinoni Adagio. I had heard many, many recordings of this piece before and always wondered why everyone considered it to be such a wonderful work. I always figured it was just a nice piece until I first heard this recording. All the other ones I had heard were all a little bit anemic sounding. Boughton conducts at a stately pace, with lush sounding strings, a rich organ sound, grave beauty with a tinge of melancholy. Now I agree with everyone that it is a wonderful piece of music. All the other works on this cd, the Barber Adagio, Pachelbel Canon, Holberg Suite by Grieg, etc...are all played with the same love and care and captured in that unique Nimbus sound.

Jean-Yves Duperron